Don’t miss this exciting evening of dance which includes pieces by emerging choreographers Susan Douglas Roberts and Christian Denice, works by faculty members Andrew Carroll and Michael Foley as well as pieces by John Parks and Jeanne Travers inspired by DanceUSF’s continued cross cultural exchange with Bejing Normal University in China.
Susan Douglas Roberts is a dance-maker, educator, traveler, performer, community builder, and some time curator. She is based in Texas and Maine. As artistic director of wild goose chase – a project-based company for dance and other adventures – she has presented work around the US, in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Taiwan, Europe and Australia. Susan points to some of the collaborative work she has engaged in as the richest. This includes projects with choreographer Sabrina Castillo, sculptor Dennis Leder and composer William Orbaugh in Guatemala, poet Carlos Montemayor of Mexico, and composer Blaise Ferrandino – through an NEA Meet the Composer grant – in the US. She is a long-time faculty member and Professor of Dance in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance and has engaged with multiple generations of dancers at TCU. Awards include two Fulbright Specialist grants – Taiwan (2008) and Guatemala (2011) – and the Deans’ Teaching Award at TCU. With an international trajectory as both artist and educator, she has been instrumental in developing and implementing study abroad opportunities for SCCD and TCU students.
Susan’s professional work has impacted the Fort Worth community. As director of the TCU New Century Danscene, she developed and administered a 7-year community-based initiative funded by the Bass Foundation. During her years as co-artistic director of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, she worked with Kerry Kreiman to build broader dance engagement via partnerships with area schools and cultural organizations, as well as create venues for emerging and established choreographers to present their work. Other projects close to heart and home include the Fort Worth Dance Festival, established through the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and independent concerts Five Short Dances for Five Short Decades (a solo performance to celebrate her 50th birthday) and Solofest: Dances for Women. At a national level, Susan serves as Board Secretary of the American College Dance Festival Association. She works internationally with the World Dance Alliance.
During the next few years, Susan -and her husband, Don- will turn their attention to developing wild goose chase/the landing – an artists’ retreat in downeast Maine.
Christian Denice began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, and spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL under the direction of Frank Chaves. There, he worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, Roni Koresh, and Frank Chaves. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, and Company E. Recently, Christian lived in Montreal, Quebec where he danced for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and had the privilege of performing works by Andonis Foniadakis, Cayetano Soto, Wen Wei Wang, and Barak Marshall. In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He has created works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Odyssey II, Expansions Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago (in collaboration with artistic director Frank Chaves), and a collaborative work for DanceWorks Chicago and Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. Most recently, Christian created two new works for LEVELdance Chicago, a site specific duet for the show NOCTURE and a full length work for the show MASCULUS. His choreography has been featured at Jazz Dance World Congress and has been performed both nationally and throughout Europe.